Grain Bar is an artisan bar by Four Seasons Hotel Sydney that’s all about the fine craft of drinking. It’s a celebration of the passions, people and products that have come together to create Sydney’s local, in the heart of The Rocks.
Headed by a talented team of bartenders, they love to share their passion for locally brewed beer, craft beer, Australian and international wine, an extensive array of whisky, creative cocktails and some of the best bar food in Sydney.
The Health Kick $17
Knowing we had a night of particularly lavish food and drink we started ‘healthy’ with this seemingly guilt free mix of gin, shaken with cucumber and lemon juices and topped with prossecco.
Bloody Camillo $20
Damn that Bloody Camillo was good! The perfect apéritif of gin, sweet vermouth and sour campari stirred with sweet tart strawberry juice.
Freshly Shucked Oysters 1/2 Dozen $23
As always if there are oysters on the menu its not long before they’re in our bellies. Fresh and creamy I like them with a tiny squeeze of lemon as I found the accompanying eshalot vinaigrette to be a little too overpowering, taking away from the oysters natural flavours.
Charcuterie Plate, Cornichons, grilled sourdough bread $23
A brilliantly presented board, filled with delicious cured meats and bread. Excellent drinking food.
Soft Tacos $14
Easy and tasty bar food speaks wonder for this place. These soft tacos were filled with very tender slow cooked lamb and spiced with a picante fried chilli salsa, fresh tomato and coriander. Side bar: I’m really digging these taco holders that are just popping up everywhere.
Trio of Mini Burgers $21
A trio of mini burgers for a duo of hungry guys, the three sliders were Wagyu Beef with Smokey Apple Maple, Panko Chicken with Wasabi Mayo and (my favourite) Pork Belly and Pickled Pineapple which was unspeakably tender and moreish.
Fried Onions, Sweet Paprika, Chilli Salt $7
Who needs french fries when you can have a pot of crispy, spicy onion chips. Kind of like delicate, delicious flower petals that are deep fried, the sweetness of the onion worked really well with the subtle heat of the chilli.
Whisky Flight $30
Grain bar also offer a whisky flight, where you can choose 4 types of whisky from their enormous menu. If you feel like you’re spoilt for choice. simply ask the ridiculously knowledgeable bar staff for a recommendation.
We tried (left to right):
Highland Glenfiddich Original 10 years 40% – Light floral and spicy, with a sweet touch of oakiness.
Speyside Glenfiddich 18 years 40% – notes of candied fruit and freshness balances heavy notes of dried apricot and dry Sherry
Japan Nikka From the barrel 51% – Full-bodied, with hints of winter spice and toffee, a little caramel and vanilla and a good mouthful of fruit finishing with warming oaken spice.
Islay Ardbeg 10yo 46% – Sweet vanillery balanced with lemon and lime followed by that surging smokiness that the brand is so well known for.
The Beet – $19
As Justin Biebers song says, ” Cause all I need is a beauty and a
beat beet, who can make my life complete”. It sure as hell did complete our night with this excellent mix of cucumber vodka shaken with lemon juice and topped with beetroot juice.
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest of Grain Bar